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Hia,

I'm running

Red Hat Linux release 6.0 (Hedwig)
Kernel 2.2.5-15 on an i686

On a dual PIII-500 system. Everything goes smooth and nice, but when I su - root it'll take about a literal minute before it's done. Very occasionally it will pause about 20 seconds before running a program as well. There's about half a gig of RAM, and enough hard disk space.

Any suggestions/solutions?

Me
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by:a2h0mi
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What's happen if you only use 'su' (without param root)?
And swith to another user?

check the list:
 check PATH variable!
 where your su binary stay?
 Start another shell. Try the same.
 (Source code possible?)

regards a2h0mi - w.a.t.z.
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by:binkzz
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I did actually check all of the above, and the problem does stay even trying to su - someone-else. exiting back to my normal user will sometimes cause delays.

Can anyone help me?

McMe
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a2h0mi earned 600 total points
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Think, you must give more information.
Open a new CONSOLE and check which processes to be activated.  


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Do you mean which processes are run at startup?
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by:a2h0mi
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No, not during the startup. Separate during logging in
as root. Believes that few processes are not necessarily...

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by:BBC
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Are you using YP/NIS ?
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by:patowic
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What kind of a load average is your machine at?  'uptime' should give you that.
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by:binkzz
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Apparently what it turns out to be is a bug in the linux operating system that it sometimes starts swapping without due reason and locks the system until it stops swapping. There's nothing currently what I can do about it, except for taking linux off and putting BSDI on.

Anyway, I suppose I'll have to live with it. Cheers everyone for your help, esp. a2h0mi (which stands for?).

McBee
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by:patowic
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Buke in the linux operating system?  Is this info you've gotten from Alan Cox?  I've never experienced this sort of problem.

It may be a bug in glibc2.1, which is absolutely not ready for primetime.  Perhaps downgrading to redhat5.2, then installing kernel 2.2.x from source would solve your problem.  Perhaps using Caldera OpenLinux would also solve your problem.

Something is misconfigured somewhere...this really doesn't sound like an OS bug.
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